Heather Ross: Far Far Away III Preview

Heather Ross just unveiled Far Far Away III for Kokka, which will be introduced to wholesalers at Spring Quilt Market next month and is expected to be in stores in June. Heather says there will be two weights of cotton/linen, one of them presumably is the lighter apparel-weight cotton/linen they’re using for Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Spring collection?

I’m sure fans will be excited to see the horses print Heather originally introduced as a limited edition Spoonflower fabric, the return of the flower print from Lightning Bugs & Other Mysteries (on a smaller scale?), and … Snow White!

( All images from Heather Ross’ blog )


  1. Amber says:

    Aack! I love them all – cannot wait to get some!

  2. Megan says:

    Oooh, I love the guitars and the flowers! The woodland scene is amazing too! Oh man, Heather, you rule!

  3. Gorgeous ! Fabric for collecting I think. Great investment for the grandkids.

  4. Clair says:

    Oh boy. Those are some seriously desirable textiles :)
    I love the woodland textures and the way the colourways all work together. Gorgeous!

  5. Kristen says:

    Am I the only one frustrated that this is once again linen/cotton canvas? I want quilting cotton too! I will only buy one print this time instead of them all.
    Cute prints, can’t use them!!!

  6. romaine says:

    I bought the quilting cotton version of the girl playing with the horses from Spoonflower a month or two ago. The quilting cotton costs much more than usual (about double), i am assuming because of the lower quantity they produce/or the way in which they are printed. With the increased cost, I would expect that the quality of their cotton would be at least the same as other regular quilting cotton (by regular, i mean the stuff bought from places like most of the designers main-stream lines sold at sites like pink chalk studio, sew mama sew, purl soho, hart’s, etc……) but the quilting cotton at least for this print felt much coarser. I was very disappointed as I spent about $40.00 on 2 yards for quilting cotton that is not organic or imported, but instead poorer quality than most that only cost $9.00 a yard. Anyway, I wish Heather would also go back to having her prints produced on the same quality cotton she once did. The linen/cotton is nice, but I use quilting cotton much more too and i miss the contrast/cleanness between the background and the print compared to the linen blend. That said, these prints are adorable and i will probably buy some of the line.

  7. Kim says:

    Hi Romaine,
    As far as I know, the quality of the cotton that Spoonflower uses as their base cloth is on par with Moda, Robert Kaufman, etc. (they may even be supplied by one of those companies). The higher cost is due to the on-demand, digital printing process. Spoonflower uses pigment inks, which cause a slightly stiffer hand, whereas mass produced fabrics (and some more expensive digital printers) typically use dyes.

  8. romaine says:


    I appreciate the reasons why the process costs more for spoonflower. As for the quality of the fabric, I was going by the feel of it. I just compared it to the feel of some unwashed older Heather Ross cotton fabric and some newer Denyse Schmidt cotton fabric which both have a silky soft feel. The hand of the spoonflower is coarser and very similar some kona cotton I have, so maybe the hand feel of the fabric is not an indication of quality? though when trying new fabric, that is the only way i know to judge it. and i have heard that many professional seamstresses will only buy cotton fabric based on if the initial hand feels right to them. This is just my experience so far, but perhaps when it is washed, it will feel more like my favorite fabrics.

  9. Megan says:

    Heather’s old lines with freespirit were printed on sueded pima cotton aswell, which by comparison makes other quilt cottons feel like sandpaper. Her prints are the cutest though . I can’t wait till the next time she visits us at Hart’s. She’s sooo nice! Sweet fabric!

  10. Kim says:

    Megan, that’s right! I totally forgot about that. I believe it was sueded *poplin*, too, which made it a bit drapier and apparel-appropriate.